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This Sarcasm-Detecting Algorithm Is a Really Good Idea

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For once, I'm not being sarcastic. You don't have to bother running your sarcasm-detecting algorithm over that headline, students at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Because it's true!

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The Hebrew University's Institute of Computer Science in Jerusalem will be attending the International Conference for Weblogs and Social Media next week in Washington, where they will present their "semi-supervised sarcasm identification algorithm," or SASI, to those in attendance.

Having cut its teeth detecting sarcasm on Twitter and in Amazon product reviews (most likely it had a field day when running through the Three Wolf t-shirt), it's built up knowledge on just what sarcasm looks like in the English language—particularly from tweets and posts containing a lot of capital letters or exclamation marks.

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It's a shame the SarcMark hasn't been more widely-adopted; the SASI wouldn't have to work so hard otherwise. [SASI pdf via Slashdot via Geekosystem]

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I'm sure it just looks for 'not' at the end of sentences. That's all it does.

I bet I can confuse it with double negatives.

I wouldn't say this is not the coolest thing ever. (no sarcasm detected.)

I totally think Kat is a great writer . . . not. (DING, DING, DING. You are banned)